BARN3101 - Social Studies of Children and Childhood


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours

Course content

This course addresses childhood as a social phenomenon in time and space, and how children are both shaped by and themselves shape their childhood experiences as these unfold within diverse societal and daily life conditions, practices, power and generational relations. Framed by Social Studies of Children and Childhood (Sociology of childhood), the course addresses theoretical perspectives and concepts. This includes: children and childhood as socially, culturally and historically constructed, children’s perspectives and active con¬tribution in defining and giving meaning to their lives. Further, this course addresses children’s lived lives, generational relations and the importance of context as well as issues at a structural and political level that have implications for children and childhood. Central issues to be explored in this course are images and understandings of children and childhood as well as children’s meaning-making processes, and experiences in relation to peer activities and adult organization of their lives. The course further attends to both the commonalities and diversities of childhood related to culture, power, gender, social class, ethnicity and disability.

Learning outcome

This course aims to introduce students to theoretical perspectives, concepts and ongoing debates within Social Studies of Children and Childhood. By the end of the course participants will have gained knowledge and understanding of:

- The interdisciplinary Social Studies of Children and Childhood; theoretical concepts and the variety of perspec¬tives applied within Social Studies of Children and Childhood.
- Childhood as a social, cultural and historical phenomenon, children’s everyday lives and wellbeing related to cultural, societal and political circumstances in changing societies.
- The historical background including critique of mainstream theorizing of children, as well as debates on and within the approach.

Learning methods and activities

Total lecture hours: ca. 20 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Attending lectures is compulsory (minimum 80%)

Further on evaluation

Students who have completed compulsory activities do not have to do these again before re-sitting the exam.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Admittance to the course requires a bachelor’s degree in a social science or humanities discipline, or equivalent.

Course materials

Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BARN3001 7.5 2006-08-01
BARN3100 7.5 2006-08-01
BARN8101 7.5 2017-09-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 2018-12-18 09:00 Sal SU306
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.